“Dial M for Murdoch” – Tom Watson’s long awaited book on the phone hacking scandal (written with Martin Hickman) is out this Thursday. Here’s a picture of the cover. We’ll bring you more news on the book when we get it.
The figures used by George Osborne in today’s Autumn Statement are nothing more than a confidence trick. The Chancellor has quoted OBR statistics which show that employment is at “an all time high” and that levels of unemployment are forecast to fall to 5.6% by 2018. Using generalised statistics and evidence of a growth in new businesses to say there is an economic recovery, and that employment is rising paints a picture the Chancellor wants us to believe but it […]Read more →
Over the course of the afternoon we’ll be bringing you the pick of the reaction to the autumn statement from across the Labour Party and the Labour movement – stay tuned for updates. Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury: “What matters when you’re talking about GDP statistics a lot of listeners will be thinking, well, how is this going to affect them? And ultimately, the best judge of living standards is whether their pay is going to be able […]Read more →
It took him long enough, but towards the end of his statement to the house, Osborne finally pulled out his battered, bruised and moth-eaten old rabbit out of his rather shabby looking hat. “We’re in this together he said” to muted cheers and louder jeers. Ta-da… Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Osborne is a classic “divide and rule” politician. There’s no trace of One Nation here folks – he’s taking care of you or he’s casting you […]Read more →
The Tory spin operation has been whirring into overdrive in recent days ahead of the Autumn Statement – and the whole message can be summed up in four little words. Steady as she goes. Osborne and co seem convinced that if they stand by what they’re doing and tinker around the edges, the grateful British public will flock to them, expressing their respect and adoration at the ballot box. Or maybe throwing flowers at their feet wherever they walk. They […]Read more →
The Autumn Statement is only a few hours away, and Labour HQ are getting their rebuttal in early – releasing a “bombshell” poster overnight that explains how much worse off the average family are under the Tories. The poster is based heavily on the 1992 Tory poster “Labour’s Tax bombshell” – here it is: Unveiling the new poster was Shadow Chief Secretary Chris Leslie, who said: “What we need from the Autumn Statement is a long-term plan to tackle the […]Read more →